All you do is sit or lay down and close your eyes. Then become aware of your breathing. On each in breath silently count from 5 down to 1, and on each out-breath count down from 5 to 1 as well. Keep going with this until you establish a smooth rhythm. After a while you will naturally drift into a state of hypnosis, a state of calm, relaxed awareness.

This technique uses a mantra as the focal point of attention. A mantra is a word or phrase repeated over and over. There are any number of different mantras you can use. Some people like to say the word 'calm' with each out breath. Others use 'om' or the number 'one'. Some meditation styles insist that having your own unique, private mantra is essential but really as long as it is one you enjoy, that is all that matters. The thing to do is to keep repeating it and to focus your attention on it.

When you practice self hypnosis it is normal for random thoughts to pop into your mind, the trick is to let them go without getting embroiled in the thought.

You will find after a while your body starts to relax quite naturally of its own accord. Aim to keep the mantra going for ten or fifteen minutes, making sure you will not be disturbed during this time.

Self hypnosis is one of the things I teach people early on in a hypnotherapy session. I consider it to be one of the essential skills we can learn to promote optimal health.

Despite it being a positive positive thing to practice people often worry about the state of hypnosis. Many people often think it is a trance that you might not be able to wake up from. This is not the case. In actual fact you could say that your life is made up of dozens and dozens of trances and that hypnosis is a 'trance-free' state. Say, for example, you were driving in your car and another driver did something you considered inappropriate, in all likelihood you would go into an anger trance. Or if you were at home listening to the radio you might hear a particular song that put you into a sad trance. All day long your environment causes you to get dropped into these trances that are disempowering states. In other words you have no control over them.

Self hypnosis is a way of regaining control, a way of getting your power back. In this state you are relaxed, empowered and able to see things in their true perspective. Looking at this way you can see that hypnosis is a highly desirable state to experience as often as you can. And with just a little practice you will find that you start to open up to a reservoir of inner resources that can transform your life in many positive ways.